arroll Campbell Jr. was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979, after serving in the South Carolina legislature for 8 years. While serving as a U.S. Congressman, he was a student at AU's School of Public Affairs, graduating with an M.A. in Political Science in 1985. Someone later said that Campbell was the only public official who had ever taken his class without having staff members do the classwork.
While at SPA, he earned an award for outstanding scholarship at the graduate level. Campbell later went on to be elected as the 112th Governor of South Carolina in 1987, where he served two terms.
In an October 2001 letter to the people of South Carolina, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and planned to fight the disease. He was an active supporter of the Alzheimer's Association in South Carolina, raising funds for the association and for the care facility that today bears his name and where he spent his final days. Campbell passed away in 2005 at the age of 65.